Eleanor Katherine Fisher, 81, died Aug. 21, 2000, at her residence
in East Helena.
Eleanor was born on June 23, 1919, in Mott, N.D., to Peter and Katherine
Shortly after school, she married Howard Fisher in Helena Dec. 26,
1940. She was a devoted housewife and mother. Howard preceded her in death,
Oct. 13, 1984.
Eleanor enjoyed spending time outdoors. Her hobbies included fishing,
camping, knitting and sewing. She was active member of Sts. Cyril &
Methodius Catholic Church, the Sts. Cyril Alter Society and the Rocky Mountain
Community Homemakers. She also served as a Head Start volunteer.
Survivors include her son, Mark Fisher of Phoenix, Ariz.; daughters,
Patricia Settle of Miles City, Mary Belle Fisher of Cambridge, Mass, Faye
Fisher of Tucson, Ariz., Barbara Fisher-Senger of Great Falls; sister,
Alice Bequette, Fruitland, Idaho; three grandchildren, Kate, Meaghan and
Visitation will be today, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Retz Funeral
Home Chapel. Vigil service will be held Wednesday evening, Aug. 23, 7:30
p.m. at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church. The funeral mass will be Thursday,
Aug. 24, at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church 11 a.m. Interment will be
at Resurrection Cemetery following the funeral mass.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of St. Peter’s, 2312 Lockey Ave.,
Helena, MT 59601-9961 , or to Cancer Committee, Inc. PO Box 4494, Helena,
Culla W. Kelson
Culla W. (Kretlow) Kelson, 78, died of emphysema Monday in a Great
Falls Hospital. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is scheduled
for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Highgate House, 3000 11th Ave., Great
Falls. Memorials are suggested to the Cascade County Humane Society.
She was born May 23, 1922, in Helena to Carl and Alice (Jungers) Kretiow.
Culla attended schools in Helena and graduated from Helena High School
in 1940 and later from a fashion design school in Los Angeles.
During World War II she served in the Women’s Air Corps from May 24,
1943, until her honorable discharge June 16, 1945.
She married Tony Kelson in Billings in 1966. He died Aug. 2, 1998.
Survivors include daughter, Mary Ann Kelson of Seattle, son, Anthony
Peter Kelson III of Great Falls. She is also survived by an aunt, Letty
(Jungers) Kockler of Helena.
On Nov. 26, 2000, Alice Wittmere called it quits. She did so without
the permission of her daughters, Lorna Cameron and Susan Sullivan; her
son-in-law, Ed Cameron and without the consent of her grandchildren, Guy,
Ann and Joan Cameron; Mark, Michael and Steven Sullivan and Maura Williams.
Nor did she consult with her seven great grandchildren.
Alice Hill Easbey was born in Chinook Feb. 1, 1913, to Catherine and
Charles Easbey. She was born eighth of 12 children. She is survived by
two sisters, LNora Pershall of Oregon and Susan Vikse of Minnesota.
Alice was employed for many years as a grocery clerk. Her first job
was at Buttrey in Chinook while she attended high school. She later worked
in Helena for her brother, Jim Easbey, at the Tower Market; which was followed
with several years at Safeway. After her retirement she fell into baby
sitting for a few families, not by choice but by accident. She became very
close to these families and they treated her as one of their own.
Alice was a member of the First Christian Church for over forty years.
Her church, family and friends were very important to her, but the most
important thing in her life was her personal relationship with God.
A small family tribute was held in Washington on Dec. 3. A memorial
service is tentatively scheduled to be held during the month of June in
Helena so her friends and family can celebrate her happiness.
Eva Elizabeth Hubbard
Eva Elizabeth Hubbard, 80, a longtime resident of Helena, passed away
after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002. She was born near
Rexburg, Idaho, Dec. 29, 1921, to G. Lelen and Martha (Galbraith) Weekes.
She resided with her parents, sisters and brothers on the family farm
at Archer until her marriage to Winton Hubbard on May 22, 1940. Win and
Eve farmed in the Archer area until 1946 when they moved into Rexburg.
They moved to Montana about 1950 and had made their home in Helena since
1956. Eve worked as a cosmetician at Fligelman’s Department Store, and
as a retail fashion consultant and saleswoman at Rogene’s Dress Shop. She
retired from Rogene’s about 1978. Win and Eve celebrated their golden wedding
anniversary in Helena May 22, 1990.
Eve enjoyed bowling, playing cards, reading and dancing. One special
memory was dancing with Guy Lombardo at the Columbia Gardens at Butte in
Eve was an exceptional woman and friend. She was a loving mother and
companion, and her family was indeed blessed to have her at their side
throughout the years.
Eva was preceded in death by her husband on Aug. 23, 1995, and two
baby daughters in 1942 and 1949. She was also preceded in death by her
parents and two sisters, Delpha Beck and Lillian Bell.
She is survived by her daughter, Eloyce (Tom) Kockler, and her son,
Bill (Vickie) Hubbard, all of Helena; her grandchildren, Greg (Terry) Kockler,
Helena; Mark (Renee) Kockler, Whitehall; Brian Hubbard, Tony Hubbard of
Helena; Kerry (R.C.) Payne of Okinawa; great-grandchildren Krista and Kurt
Kockler; Alecia and Dylan Hubbard of Helena and Jonathan Hubbard and Madison
Payne of Okinawa. In addition, she is survived by sisters Clea Briggs,
Artella Schneiter, Anita (Jay) Peterson of the Archer, Idaho, area; Leah
Andersen of Rigby, Idaho; Maxine (LeRoy) Hope of Idaho Falls; brothers
J. L. Weekes of Lander, Wyo. and DeVar (Gwen) Weekes of Rexburg. She is
also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
There are no funeral services scheduled in Helena. The family will
receive friends between the hours of 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
14, at the Retz Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept.
16 at 2 p.m. at Flamm Funeral Home in Rexburg, Idaho. Burial will be at
the Rexburg Cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Greg and Mark Kockler;
Brian and Tony Hubbard, great-grandson, Kurt Kockler, and nephew, Ed Andersen.
Honorary pallbearer will be R. C. Payne.
Arrangements are by Retz Funeral Home of Helena and Flamm Funeral Home
Delbert Henry Williams
Delbert Henry Williams, age 81, died at his home Wednesday, Sept. 11,
He fought a courageous battle with cancer and passed away in the presence
of his loving family.
Delbert served his country in the Navy during WWII from 1941 to 1947
aboard the USS Dortch (670).
After WWII he met and married Daphne Langman in 1947 and began farming
east of Sweetgrass until 1982. Delbert and Daphne retired from farming
and moved to Lakeside. In 1994 they moved to Helena and resided at 225
Delbert enjoyed music, billiards, painting, fishing and wildlife. He
and Daphne performed music at various rest homes in the Helena area. Delbert
was a life member of the VFW, member of the National Rifle Association
and the Treasure State Wheelers (Good Sam Club).
He was preceded in death by his parents Tom and Anna Mae Williams,
brother Tom and a sister Amy Nevilles.
He is survived by wife Daphne; sons Brad of Helena and Wade of Fairbanks,
Alaska; sisters Jeannette McDonald, Shelby, and Anna Mae Purcell from Billings;
sister-in-law Berma Weatherly and her children, Greg and Debra of Kalispell,
and five grandchildren Aaron, Phillip, Brandon, Bryon and Ben.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at the Veterans
Cemetery at Fort Harrison. Memorials may be made to Homelink of St. Peters
Hospital, 2475 Broadway, Helena Mt. 59601.
Merek Michael Muszkiewicz
Merck Michael Muszkiewicz was born to Luke and Virginia Muszkiewicz
at 8:25 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2002, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland, Ore.
He had his father's hands and perfect nose and his mother's imperfect
feet. Merek spent his short life in the comfort of his parents. He passed
away a little over an hour after he was born.
Merek is survived by his mother and father, Luke and Virginia Muszkiewicz,
his grandparents, Art and Linda Compton, John and Debbie Reeves, and Mike
Muszkiewicz, and aunt and uncles, Annie and Dustin Shaw and Alex Compton,
all of Helena.
He is treasured and missed by all.
Del Reese Klundt
Del Reese Klundt, age 39, died Sept. 9, 2002, in an automobile accident
near Helena. He was born Nov. 1, 1962, in Bussae-Foret, Charente-Maritime,
France to Karl and Elaise Klundt.
Del had an outgoing personality and loved spending time with friends
and family. He also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his parents, Karl and Elaise Klundt of Decator, Ala.;
a brother, Rodney Klundt of Billings, sisters Karla and Dreama of Decator;
his daughters, Kelcie and Alanna of Decator; and son Caleb Klundt of Boulder;
and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m.
on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church, 3384 Canyon
Lt. Col. Samuel A. Mitchell
Lt. Col. Samuel A. Mitchell, USAF (Ret), passed away Sept. 11, 2002,
at the age of 86. He was the son of Sam W. Mitchell a former secretary
of State of Montana.
Survivors include his wife, Harriet Mitchell, San Antonio, Texas; daughter,
Sherrie M. Jessen, Divide, Colo.; son, Samuel A. Mitchell, Fort Collins,
Colo.; grandchildren, Samuel A. Mitchell III, James Daniel Mitchell and
H. Michael Wolfe V; great-grandchildren, H. Michael Wolfe VI, and Rachel
No services are planned at this time.
Mary ‘Rosie’ Parks Hermes
Mary “Rosie” Parks Hermes, 89, of Missoula, passed away at her home
on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002. She was born Oct. 11, 1912, in Ogden, Utah,
the daughter of Katherine and John Brown.
Mary cooked for sororities and fraternities at the University of Montana
and cleaned and maintained draperies for several businesses in Missoula.
She was active in the Good Sam Club and was loved by all. She’ll be remembered
for her great sense of humor and a wonderful, fun-loving personality.
Her family includes a son, John Parks, his wife Deborah, of Stevensville,
and their children Gary Parks, Brian Parks, Bruce Parks and his wife Michelle,
Lacey Wisherd and her husband Amos and Kevin Parks and his wife Joan; a
daughter Arlene Goudette and husband Bill of Missoula, and their children
Ray Goudette and wife Mary, Sherrie Johnson, Robby Goudette and wife Judy;
daughter-in-law Pat Jacobs and her husband John; 13 great-grandchildren
and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son
James Parks, her first husband Arlee Parks and later, Ed Hermes.
Services will be held at a later date. The family suggests that memorials
be made to St. Anthony’s Parish, 217 Tremont, Missoula, MT 59801; or the
American Diabetes Association, 7 W. 6th Ave. Suite 4F, Helena, MT 59601.
Arrangements are under the care of Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory.
James V. Brackett
James V. Brackett, of Vienna, Va., son of Lillian and Perry Brackett
of Helena, died as the result of a car accident Nov. 30, 2002, on the Washington
Jim was 43 years old. He was Past Master of Sharon Lodge #327, McLean,
Va., and past High Priest of Royal Arch, York Rite. He was instrumental
in developing The Sharon Lodge Scholarship Fund. He was also very active
in the United Church of Christ in Alexandria, Va.
He is survived by his wife, Beth; his parents; and a sister, Janine
Sauer, of Mt. View, Calif., along with several cousins.
Viola Rae Lawerence
Viola Rae Lawerence died Aug. 17, 2002, at her home at Lakeside Ranch
on Hauser Lake. She was born in Missoula on April 28, 1917, to Bert and
Viola spent her early years at the Duck Creek Ranger Station near Townsend.
Her family later moved to Helena where she attended school, graduating
from Helena High School in 1934.
She married Harry Amundson in 1937, moving to his ranch on Hauser Lake.
He preceded her in death in 1972. Her sister, Jenny Carlson, and a granddaughter,
Patricia Donovan, also preceded her in death.
Viola later married Mallory Lawrence who survives her. Additional survivors
include her three children, Cleber Amundson of Helena, Vickie Amundson
of Missoula, and Sharon Amundson of Clarkston, Wash.; a brother, Bert Goodman
of Great Falls; and a sister, Mary Bell of Livingston; seven grandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. A private family memorial service will be
held at a later date.
Betty J. Morman
DEER LODGE - Betty J. Morman, age 64, died at her home Tuesday, Aug.
20, 2002, after a long bout with cancer. She was born May 22, 1938, in
Hettinger, N.D., to Matt and Mary Korang.
She married Merril Morman on April 19, 1958, and they shared 44 happy
years together. In 1964 they moved to Deer Lodge, where they raised their
Survivors include husband, Merril of Deer Lodge; brothers, Shorty and
Dave Korang of Helena; sons, Merril G. Morman of Deer Lodge and Scott Morman
of Oklahoma; daughters, Penny Morman of Deer Lodge, Cocetta Davidson and
Dani Kooyman, both of Washington; 10 grandchildren; and many nieces and
Visitation will begin at noon Sunday, Aug. 25, followed by a vigil
service at 7 p.m., all at the Jewell Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial
will be Monday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church. Burial will follow at the Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorials are suggested
to Hospice of Powell County or donor's choice.
Louise Howell, 82, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Rocky Mountain
Louise was born in Monroe, La., on Nov. 14, 1918, to Henry and Lula
Howell. In October of 1972, Louise met the love of her life, James Uncle.
Louise was devoted to James and found her greatest pleasure in spending
time with him.
She is survived by uncles and three nieces Pat McKiel, Judy Perryman
and Jeri Wray.
Services will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. at the VA cemetery.
Alice Honora Marie Russell
Alice Honora Marie (Wetsch) Russell of Helena passed away Sept. 14,
2002, at Big Sky Care Center from an extended illness. Alice was born Aug.
20, 1929, in Tacoma, Wash. She was a daughter of Jacob and Ida Wetsch.
She moved to Bozeman as a child where she was raised. She met Kenneth
M. Russell and they were married on Oct. 18, 1948. He survives.
Additional survivors include a daughter Sylvia (Vince) Vargo of Helena;
two sons Gary (Sharon) Russell, and Randy (Judy) Russell, both of Helena;
seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; three sisters Frances,
Helen and June of Washington; and two brothers Ron and Leo of California.
A son, John Russell, her parents and two sisters preceded her in death.
Alice was a devoted wife and mother who always gave of herself. She
enjoyed hobbies and crafts and helping others in need. She loved children
Visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
at Helena Funeral Chapel, 314 N. Rodney St. Funeral services will be at
10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Hannaford Bible Church, 830 N. Fee
St. A reception will follow at the church. Interment will be at Sunset
Hills Cemetery in Bozeman, at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Helena Funeral
Chapel has completed funeral arrangements.
Kenneth Charles Lipke
Kenneth Charles Lipke, age 88, of Helena, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002,
at a local care facility.
Ken worked as an aircraft mechanic for McDonald Douglas of Long Beach,
Calif. His wife, Betty, preceded him in death in October 1992.
Ken is survived by his daughter, Shirley Munich, of West Port ,Wash.;
brothers Stanley Lipke of Tacoma, Wash., and Ted Lipke of Bakersfield,
Calif.; and two grandchildren. No formal funeral services are scheduled
at this time. Retz Funeral Home is care of the arrangements.
Pneumonia at the age of 103.
She was born in Ophir, Colo., on July 31, 1897, and lived in Colorado
marrying Hugo O. Fagrelius Dec. 23, 1920.
In 1929, they moved to Great Falls and then to Helena in 1943 where
Hugo retired from Mountain Bell Telephone Co. in 1960. They moved to Denver
in 1968. Hugo preceded her in death in 1969. In 1985, Beatrice moved from
Denver to Dallas to be near her daughter.
She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Frances Fagrelius
of Helena; daughter and son-in-law, Jacquie and Dick Tobin of Plano, Texas,
formerly of Helena; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grand children.
A memorial graveside service was held at Fairmont Cemetery in Denver
on Jan. 13, where she was buried next to her husband.
DOROTHY ROSE FINN
Dorothy Rose (Smith) Finn, 90, of White Sulphur Springs passed away
Jan. 17, 2001, at St. Peter’s Hospital.
Dorothy was born March 3, 1910, to Chester Corwin (CC) and Jeannie
Anderson Smith in Shonkin, (a small community east of Fort Benton). The
second of seven children, Dorothy spent her childhood in Fort Benton, Belt,
Monarch and Neihart. In October 1931 she married Daniel T. Finn in White
Sulphur Springs, where they remained.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dan in January 1995; sisters,
Lillian Anderson and Florence Vance; brother, Thomas C. Smith; grandchildren,
Susan Simonds, Bret Simonds and Vicki Johnson. She is survived by brother,
Merritt Smith of White Sulphur Springs sister, Mable Gabriels; children,
Jerry Finn of Billings, Joy (Don) Johnson of Helena, Marjorie Simonds of
Neekoosa, Wis., Vivian Reynolds of Anaconda, Buzz Fin of Big Timber, Kitsie
(Ron) Rossland of Helena; 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and
Dorothy was active in the VFW Auxiliary 5609, ODO, the Meagher County
Senior Center and it’s senior bend. She enjoyed playing pinochle, riding
in the hills, picking wild berries, listening to country music and reading
and writing poetry, sipping a cup of hot tea and eating a piece of two
layer chocolate cake with nuts.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at Twichel Funeral
Home in White Sulphur Springs, with interment to follow in Mayn Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Meagher County Senior Center, P.O. Box 682,
White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645.
WILLIAM ARTHUR McCORMICK
William Arthur McCormick, age 73, of Polson, passed away Wednesday,
Jan. 17, 2001, after a long struggle with congestive heart failure.
He was born Oct. 21, 1927, in Yakima, Wash. Bill graduated from Grandview
High School in Washington. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean
He attended Gonzaga University and the University of Montana where
he earned a law degree and married Barbara Bruce of Helena.
He practiced law for 10 years in Montana including an assignment as
assistant attorney general under Forrest Anderson. He then returned to
Washington, where he practiced law from 1970-1990 out of Prosser, Wash.,
and the Tri-Cities.
Bill was especially known for his wit and wisdom. Family and friends
appreciated his sense of humor and general intellect and insight. He enjoyed
fishing and cooking and spent the last ten years on Flathead Lake outside
of Polson, doing quite a bit of both.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his children, William McCormick
Jr. of Polson, Jeannie Hayden and her husband, Ralph of Bellingham, Wash.,
Charles McCormick of Warm Springs, Belinda McCormick-Goodenough and her
husband, Todd of Lake Havasu, Ariz., and John McCormick of Polson; four
grandchildren, Ralph Patrick, Katie Hayden, Leah McCormick and Garrett
Memorial services will be held Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2 p.m. in the Grogan
Funeral Home in Polson. and Monday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian
Church in Prosser.
PATRICIA ANN SETTLE.
Patricia Ann Settle, 58, of Miles City died Jan. 16, 2001, in Miles
Patricia was born in Helena on March 22, 1942, to Howard H and Eleanore
Katherine (Mayer) Fisher. She attended school at Wolf Creek and graduated
from Central High School in Anaconda. She attended St. Patrick’s Nursing
College in Missoula.
On Nov. 5, 1966, she married Robert C. Settle in Helena
Patricia was a nursing supervisor at St. Peter’s Hospital, was director
of nurses at Western Care and at the Helena Nursing Home in Helena until
Patricia is survived by her husband, Robert C. Settle of Miles City;
daughter, Katherine Diane Settle of Miles City; brother, Mark Fisher of
Phoenix; sisters, MaryBelle Fisher-Gracey and husband, Harry of Cambridge,
Mass., Faye Fisher of Tucson, Ariz., and Barbara Fisher- Singer and husband
Ron of Great Falls. Her parents preceded her in death.
Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial has been held. Rite of committal
will be Saturday, Jan. 20, 11 a.m. in the family lot of the Wibaux Cemetery
in Wibaux. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of
the arrangements. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Custer
County 4-H Scholarship Fund.
Guy Rea Young
Guy Rea Young, 84, of Helena, died July 30, 2001. He was born on Nov.
1, 1916, to Herbert and Mary Louise Young on the family homestead, at Flat,
Mont., east of Roundup. He was raised on the homestead and attended Roundup
A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army in from Oct. 1,
1941, to Dec. 20, 1945, with tours of duty in the Philippines, New Guinea
On Nov. 27, 1946, he married Esther Olsen. They farmed at Deaver, Wyo.
from 1948 to 1956. They returned to Montana and Guy worked at the Billings
Livestock Commission. They moved to Helena where Guy worked for the Forest
Service from 1964, retiring in 1979.
Guy enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, painting and spending winters
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Esther Young; Grafton Beasley
of Helena, who was like a son to him, and his children, Shauna Beasley
Ryan of East Helena, Kelsey Beasley of Sacramento, Calif., Jamie Beasley
of Bozeman, Veronica Beasley of Lewistown, Anthony Beasley of Helena; and
numerous nieces and nephews, including Mignon Waterman of Helena. His son,
Gary, preceded him in death in 1966.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at Lindens Herrmann
and Co., 314 N. Rodney. Viewing will be at the funeral home beginning on
Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9 a.m. to service
time. Burial will follow at Ft. Harrison Veteran’s Cemetery. Lindens Herrmann
and Co. Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.
James Arthur Olsen
James Arthur (Art) Olsen, 85, died on Sunday, June 17, 2001, at Twin
Falls Care Center. He was born on Jan. 9, 1916, in Ephraim, Utah, to the
late James Andrew and Katie Christensen Olsen.
A memorial service and inurnment will be held on Friday, Aug. 3, at
10 a.m. at the Forestvale Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be given to the American
Cancer Society, c/o Hazel Wilder, 359 Orchalara Ave., Twin Falls, ID 83301.
White Mortuary is in care of the arrangements.